Saturday, April 27, 2013

George Jones: Six Foot Deep, Six Foot Down

For the second time in one week, we are suspending our Fourth Week Label Feature on I.R.S. Records due to the death of a musical superstar. Yesterday, the world lost one of the top country musicians to have ever stood in front of a microphone – George Jones. Jones, who began his career in 1954 following a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, may have been one of the few and perhaps the only performer that had hit records for six decades.

Because of his unusual nose, Jones was nicknamed “The Possum.” He also gained the nickname “No Show Jones” because of his frequent absences at the venues where he was booked. In addition, Jones also had problems with alcohol, cocaine, and often exhibited a violent temper.

Despite his shortcomings, Jones was a revered performer. No one could turn a country tune like George; and at the right moment, he could drop his voice down to the lower register - a signature of his sound.

While today’s song may be a little irreverent, I believe this 1990 recording is fitting for the occasion. Unfortunately “Six Foot Deep, Six Foot Down” didn’t chart, as it was released at a time the country music scene was skewing younger and its sound was changing. It was the second of two singles from his “You Oughta Be Here With Me” album.

Goodbye George, and we hope you show up for the funeral, but leave the riding mower in the garage though.

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